02 December 2014 News

Roscosmos plans deep space exploration

Russia is planning to recommence its uncrewed lunar sample return activities, ceased since the last lunar lander flown in 1974. Plans include three uncrewed craft – Lunas 25, 26 and 27 – flying in 2023-25. Subsequently, Luna 28 and 29 would provide sample return missions after the previous lander and orbiter sequence occurs. Within a 50-year plan, Roscosmos is interested in establishing a permanent manned lunar research base, with a site on the Moon’s South Pole being a stated objective and robotic craft exploring the lunar surface under direct cosmonaut control.

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